Explaining Complex Topics with Motion Graphics in After Effects

In this series of tutorials, we will go through the steps from start to finish for creating a video that explains a hard-to-understand topic. Software required: After Effects CC 12.2.0.52, Illustrator 17.0.0.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
April 14, 2014
Duration
5h 57m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
April 14, 2014
Duration
5h 57m
Description

In this series of tutorials, we will go through the steps from start to finish for creating a video that explains a hard-to-understand topic. People often turn to motion graphics to explain difficult topics, and it can be a challenge for motion designers to know how to get started and how to create videos like this. We will go through the process of analyzing the script to choose what assets to create and how they should work. We then bring those assets into After Effects and approach creating the video step by step, ensuring that we explain the topic as easily as possible using a contrast of motion and pauses. We also learn how to speed up your workflow by creating animation presets and some keyboard shortcuts that make working in After Effects much more efficient. We learn lots of tricks for smoothing your animations out and we find some unconventional uses for effects that you may have used before. This training is for you if you want to make beautiful motion graphics pieces that require a lot of design consideration for the flow of an explanation. Software required: After Effects CC 12.2.0.52, Illustrator 17.0.0.

About the author
About the author

Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.

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